AEU NT Guide to Working Remote

What are the hip pocket incentives?

Working in a remote school comes with a number of financial incentives. These are usually dependent on your category of remoteness and are itemised below and in Schedule 7 of the 2014-2017 Teacher and Educator Enterprise Agreement.

The Remote Incentive Allowance is included in your fortnightly salary and is paid on a pro rata basis for part time employees. A Remote Retention Payment is paid annually on completion of 12 months continuous service in a remote locality.

Are there other reasons to work remote?

The AEU has worked to ensure that teachers receive additional benefits for working in isolated areas.

These include:

  • Rental concessions of up to 100% for accommodation provided by the Government.
  • Guaranteed Transfers to Darwin, Palmerston, Alice Springs or Katherine after three years of service.
  • Fares Out of Isolated Localities (FOILS) are paid travel allowances out of remote communities. You receive two or three FOILS per year depend on where you teach.
  • Up to four Business Days per year for travel to regional centres to access services not available in remote settings.
  • Special Study leave program that operates on a points system and applies to teachers in designated remote localities. Study leave is available after four, five or 10 years depending on your category of remoteness.
$/pa Special Category Category 1 Category 2 Category 3
Remote Incentive Allowance—single $1153 $3836 $4476 $7036
Remote Incentive Allowance—dependent $1438 $4798 $5597 $8794
Remote retention payment (annual) n/a $500 $750 $1000

A few things to be aware of...

  • Check your payslip! Make sure that you are being the allowances you are entitled to—we have dealt with a number of cases of members being forced to repay thousands of dollars to the Department because they were being paid allowances they weren’t entitled to.
  • Check your pay slip after each 12 months of continuous service to ensure you have been paid your remote retention bonus.
  • Housing entitlement—there are conditions attached to your housing entitlement such as maintenance of the house and yard. Ensure you comply with lease obligations or you may be billed for cleaning and other costs when you leave. It is also in your interest to ensure that regular inspections of your house are carried out to raise any concerns about needed repairs.
  • Cultural awareness—most remote deployments involve living and working in an Indigenous community. This can cause stresses such as culture shock, loneliness and depression. Your school should ensure you are provided with appropriate cultural induction. Additionally, ask your school to enrol you in appropriate cultural awareness PD courses. Make sure you utilise your right to access employer-funded counselling service


Top Tips for Working Remote:

  1. Be aware of the financial incentives and check your payslip
  2. Look after yourself and stay safe
  3. Ask for help if you need it....through school networks, the AEU NT or EAS

Top Tips for Working Remote:

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